Three Main Pros of Linux

Linux is an open-source operating systems family based on the Linux kernel. Linux was founded back in 1991 by Linus Torvalds. Linux is included within the Linux distributions (known as distro).

Linux is released under GNU General Public License (GPL) which is possible for everyone to run, modify, and redistribute the source code, as long as they do so under the same license.

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Numerous Linux distros are available to download for free on the internet. Each distro has its own features and specialties that make them different from the other distros. Thus, making Linux a very diverse operating systems family.

Other than being free, Linux has some benefits that differ from the other mainstream operating systems.

Continually updated

As long as the developers still continuing the update, you don’t have to worry if your PC got outdated. Ubuntu, for example, offers multiple variants of the distros according to the lifespan: LTS (Long-term Support) and non-LTS.

The majority of Linux distros have a long lifespan and are continually updated. As of today, the latest stable version of the Linux kernel is version 5.15.

Various flavors available

Linux supports various DE (Desktop Environment) that users are free to choose from as long as the distro supports it. Each DE has its own pros and cons. The examples of Linux DEs are GNOME, KDE, XFCE, LXDE, and Cinnamon.

Some distros have multiple flavors with different DE, for example, Linux Mint offers three flavors: Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce.

Linux Mint 20 “Ulyana” Cinnamon

Widely supported

Because it’s open-source, developers can freely decide what to do with Linux. Even developers can implement Linux into various devices. Linux can run on mobile devices, mini PC, even set-top boxes. Obviously, with some adjustments to make it work.

As of today, Linux supports multiple architectures, like ARM, ARM64, amd64, and x86.

Raspberry Pi 3 running Raspbian; image source: Liliputing

With all these benefits, using Linux on your PC is like entirely owning your PC without any limitations. Do you interested to switch to Linux? or you can try and play around with it using live CD/USB without installing it.

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